The Cruisin’ In The County night has been postponed to August 28th in light of weather warnings for the area! Stay safe all and we will see you in @ptbocounty next Wednesday! 🚗💨 #Ptbo#weather warning #besafe
Monday evening I planned a short chase to the dutch northwest coast and drove to Callantsoog. After watching a few distant daylight storms in the northwest, a new storm headed exactly to my location. It became darker and all I had to do was wait...... August 19th 2019.
The Amazon rainforest has been on fire for 16 days. The Amazonas state declared it as an emergency on the 16th August. I am so incredibly upset by this news, but I am also incredibly happy that people are so passionate about this issue.
The fires are so intense that they can be seen from space (@nasa - swipe 👉). There have been over 9,500 forest fires in 2019 (16th August) compared to 40,000 in all of 2018. Almost double the number of fires.
Why are these fires happening? What does it mean for carbon emissions and our largest carbon sink? What can we do to help?
• deforestation promotes favourable forest fire conditions due to less evapotranspiration by trees meaning it is less humid and more dry - encouraging forest fires (Brando et al, 2014).
• Inpe (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil), states that rainfall has only been a little below average and is not abnormal - strongly suggesting fires are man-made.
• President Bolsonaro’s policies are known to favour development over conservation. Inpe has stated deforestation rates have increased by 88% since July 2018.
• Amazon forest fires release between 500-600 MtCO2 a year. But the fires in the have released an estimated 200 MtCO2 within 16 days (swipe to see a map made by Windy.com that shows the carbon released 👉).
• this reflects higher than average daily fire activity for August.
(• if we add these emissions to the Arctic wildfires that have occurred: total CO2 = +300 MtCO2).
• the increased deforestation and wildfires means the natural carbon sink we rely on to offset some of our global emissions of 32 GtCO2 is getting smaller.
• the latest @ipcc land use report states that land (mainly forests and other sinks like peat lands) sequestrate ~11.2 GtCO2 per year. Forests contribute to absorbing 1/3 of global emissions. Forest fires and deforestation means less human induced emissions are being absorbed.
WHAT CAN WE DO? 🌍
• there’s a petition online to demand the EU & UN sanction Brazil to halt deforestation (link in bio) 🇪🇺
• use your voice to continue to spread awareness
• avoid palm oil and meat/dairy products from Brazil
Warning, long post.
This past week I had the privilege of working with a group of guys who are very experienced in the videography world. We were working out at a ranch in East Texas and it was hot pretty much every day. The last day we got up at 4:30AM so we could get out to the ranch in time for sunrise. We arrived early and it was beautiful. The hill we were on could see over miles and miles of East Texas and the view was perfect. After I took some photos on top of the hill, I saw a tank that I thought was about 300-400 yards down the hill (Think it was farther). The walk was through tall grass that went up to about my knee. I decided to walk down the hill to the tank to see if I could get a few photos of the sunrise over the hill. I was wearing shorts and regular shoes and the grass was wet from the mornings dew. When I got down to the tank, my legs were itching and my shoes were completely soaked, but I was still hopeful. I took some photos and every one I looked at, looked like trash. I walked back up the hill disappointed and frustrated because I would be uncomfortable all day and did not have anything to show for it. The rest of the day went great, but I was still regretting walking down and back up the hill for a picture that didn't work. The next day I put the photos into my computer and began editing a few of them. I got to the photo I took of the tank and slowly began to adjust photo. The next thing I knew I was looking at a final product that was everything I hoped it would be. This is the photo. I write this to say, sometimes you have take a chance on something not knowing if it will work out. Put yourself out there to fail, and in the moment you might feel like you failed, but something amazing could come out of it later down the road! If you made it this far, thanks for reading! Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone!
We’re in Kerry at the moment. It’s so beautiful here. Peaceful yet dramatic.
It feels still but full of life and energy at the same time.
It’s a landscape of wonderful contradictions and it changes minute to minute with the weather. It gently nudges you into consistent consciousness, becoming aware of your place as an observer of nature as you take in the most recently transformed detail in the foreground.
Feeling very grateful to my family for bringing us here and for the time out.
The organ pipe cactus or pitahaya (Stenocereus thurberi) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Pitahaya, native to Mexico and the United States, is usually pollinated by bats. The plant produces fruit about the size of a tennis ball. Beneath the fruit's spiny exterior is red flesh that has been described as tasting better than watermelon. This fruit has traditionally been harvested by the Seris, who use it as a medicine.
Source: journal Avantgardens
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What's your favorite spot to fish on Galveston Island? (Pictured: 61st Fishing Pier) #FishGalveston
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↠ “Take 3" is an environmental initiative that invites everyone to take three pieces of rubbish with them when they visit the beach or any waterway.
Way up here the seasons are already changing. We no longer have the midnight sun. Nights and early mornings feel cold again. Walking around in the woods, it smells like that time of year when football is on TV. #GoCougars
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